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With 102 million inhabitants, the Philippines is one of the largest countries in the world. More than half of its people are under 24 years of age. Because of poverty many children have to work. They are extra vulnerable to (sexual) exploitation and child trafficking. We offer children a safe place, education, medical help and legal support. We help arrest and prosecute perpetrators. We take action with governments and educate communities about children's rights.

Our work in the Philippines

Working to survive

Children have to work at a young age to help their families, or they are sexually exploited and sold like stuff. Sexual exploitation is a big problem - not only related to travel and tourism, but also online. We fight against child exploitation in the Philippines.

We offer children a safe place, education, medical help and legal support. We help arrest and prosecute perpetrators. We take action with governments and educate communities about children's rights.

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Child labour in the Philippines

More than 3.2 million children work in the Philippines. Barely ten percent of these children also go to school. This is a problem, since quality education and general access to it is a globally-recognized solution to poverty. 

Most of the children work in the informal sector. They are exploited as street vendors, domestic helpers or in agriculture. Children work long hours and are exposed to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They are forced to work, for example, in dangerous mines or even under water.

We fight against child labor in the Philippines. We work together with parties that also fight against child exploitation. These are often local organizations that know the children's environment well.

We also work with companies and the local government to improve the safety and education of children who work there. We are campaigning to make the disadvantages of child labor clear, so that fewer children are exploited.

Sexual exploitation

Sexual exploitation of children is a rapidly growing problem, not only in the travel and tourism industry but also online. 

We fight against (online) sexual exploitation through various initiatives. We ensure that all children (regardless of gender, class, religion, ethnicity, and abilities) are protected from Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) in a safe family and community environment through proactive and collaborative engagement of policy makers, child protection systems judiciary, private sectors, and children themselves.

Child trafficking and unsafe migration

Children from poor families are most likely to be exploited. They run a great risk of being traded. The estimated number of trafficked children ranges from 20,000 to 100,000.

Traders worldwide are gaining the trust of children and families with beautiful talk. They promise to offer a better life elsewhere. In the meantime they are being exploited.

Many of these children come from poor areas such as Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and the slums of large cities. They are forced to work. In the household, brothels, bars, factories, or on plantations. These children are also extremely vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

Our programmes


Strengthening the Community-based Protection Systems to Eliminate Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) in Visayas Region

Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) is a serious and prevailing issue in the Philippines that is caused by a ra…


SCROL: Safety for Children and their Rights OnLine

Online child sexual exploitation has seen a significant rise over the last number of years. Our new SCROL (Saf…


Creating a safer Online Environment for Every Child (CONEC) (Philippines)

The internet opens many doors for children. They do their homework, play games and chat with their friends. Ch…


Child Protection Support to Children and Families Affected by Super Typhoon Rai

To support children and their families who were affected by the Super Typhoon Rai, Terre des Hommes Netherland…

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Our partners in the Philippines

Together with experienced partners we are working towards a world without child exploitation, where young people can feel safe today and better about tomorrow. Join our fight.

Bidlisiw Foundation, Inc.
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Contact us

Terre des Hommes Netherlands Philippines Country Office
PSS Center, Commonwealth Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Latest news

February 6th, 2024

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November 18th, 2023

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October 31st, 2023

Stop Online Child Sexual Exploitation

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October 16th, 2023

Stories of Resiliency : An Evaluation Report on the Typhoon Rai Project in the Philippines

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June 15th, 2023

Youth-Adult Shared Leadership for Change: Erman and Faye's Fight Against Child Exploitation

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June 27th, 2019

Annual report 2018

Thanks to your support, in 2018 we were able to work on tackling child labor in the mica mines in India, child…

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